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Little Earthquakes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jennifer Weiner
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What advice does Lolo give Ayinde about being a mother?

2. At the hospital, Ayinde's mother wants to be called what?

3. Who sent Ayinde a book?

4. How long is Kelly planning to take maternity leave?

5. What does Lia tells Sam about her family?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Richard asks if "it's supposed to be this hard" and he answers "everything" to Ayinde. What does Richard mean by "everything"?

2. What changes Kelly's almost perfect world to a world of fear and panic in "June Kelly"?

3. Explain how the title of the story has a double meaning.

4. What is the symbolism of Mimi wearing a white dress to Becky and Andrew's wedding?

5. What are some things that have shaped the way Kelly is today?

6. One of the main themes of the book is forgiveness. How is that played out in "February Becky"?

7. In the chapter "July Ayinde," why is Richard unhappy in the middle of the night?

8. Why is Becky so devastated that the doctor wants to perform a c-section?

9. In "August Becky," what breakthroughs does Lia make with the loss of her son?

10. Kelly jokes, "It takes a village to feed my child." What does this mean?

Essay Topics

Many objects played significant roles in the story Little Earthquakes, such as the park and the blue coat. Choose an object and describe in detail its significance.

Of all the main characters, Becky is the character who struggles with physical appearance. She looks in the mirror and questions whether she is pregnant or just fat. Although Becky has struggled with her body image most of her life, the pregnancy really makes her draw attention to her weight. She has hoped that through the pregnancy she could relax with the weight issue, but it has not. How do this disappointment and her struggle with weight loss and body image affect her view of pregnancy?

Depending upon the character, Little Earthquakes is written in the first person and third person. Lia's chapters are written in the first person, while the other three main characters--Kelly, Ayinde, and Becky--are written in the third person. What is Jennifer Weiner's reason for doing this?

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